Tiny Houses Greensboro to help those in need

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The organization Tiny Houses Greensboro is working to create a community of homes and providing them to people in need. Although the spaces are small, the group is hoping to make a big impact.

Scott Jones is the chairman of the organization. He hopes a tiny house will make a huge difference in someone’s life.

”To own a house is something that’s taken advantage of by many people who have not experienced homelessness," Jones said.

Tiny Houses Greensboro is working to create a community with around seven to eight individual homes. The tiny houses will be 12 by 24 feet with a kitchen, bathroom and place to sleep.

The Greensboro Housing Coalition is partnering with Tiny Houses. Once complete, they will help place those in need into the homes.

"There is a tremendous need for affordable housing in Greensboro, especially for a one bedroom, small space," said Brett Byerly, executive director of the Greensboro Housing Coalition. "There are a lot of people who simply can’t afford a one bedroom unit.”

According to a count done by Partners Ending Homelessness, more than 700 people are homeless in Guilford County. The American Community Survey also found that there is more than 25,000 renters in Greensboro who are cost burdened.

Building the homes costs around $15,000 and rent will be based on what people can afford. The organization hopes that one day those living there will pay it forward.

"Our hope is that once people live in a home, their true identity, skills and things they are able to give back to Greensboro will quickly come to the surface," said Teri Hammer, vice chairman of Tiny Houses Greensboro.

Tiny Houses Greensboro has already purchased a plot of land for the homes on the west side of Merritt Drive. They are kicking off a fundraiser Friday night where their board members will take turns sleeping in a tiny house until they raise $50,000. Money received will be used to build the infrastructure on that plot of land.

Information on how to donate to the group can be found on their website.